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Five dead in LaGrange crash

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LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) -

Authorities say five people in south Georgia have been killed in a head-on collision.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright says a two-car crash around 6:45 p.m. Friday near LaGrange -- about 45 miles north of Columbus -- left five people dead and two others injured.

The crash occurred at 6:40 p.m. on West Point Road in Troup County and involved two passenger cars.

Both drivers died in the crash.  They are identified as Willie L. Hooks, age 28, from LaGrange and Melanie Kay Lemmon, age 23, also from LaGrange.

Willie Hooks was driving a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass and was passing a vehicle in a no passing zone when his vehicle collided with the 1995 Pontiac Grand Am being driven by Lemmon.

The investigating trooper is working with the Troup County Coroner to gather and confirm the identities of five passenger in the Ms. Lemmon's vehicle.  Three of the passengers in the Pontiac died in the crash and two others were critically injured.

Alcohol is suspected as a possible contributing factor and blood was drawn from Hooks to determine a blood alcohol content.

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